Chief Constable welcomes President McAleese to Graduation
23 Jul 2010
The Chief Constable, Matt Baggott welcomed the President of Ireland Mary McAleese as guest of honour to the graduation ceremony of 40 officers and one officer transferring from another police service (Friday 23 July).
Welcoming the President the Chief Constable said: “We welcome President McAleese today. It is a wonderful honour for both us as an organisation and the student officers to have the President attend the ceremony.
“Although it is not her first time at the Police College, President McAleese will have the opportunity to speak to our newest officers as they begin their new careers and start new lives. Those graduating today will play a key role in working to deliver our vision to be the finest police service in the world.
“Our Police College produces some of the best officers in the world and of that I am immensely proud. Our college staff are of the highest standard and the police officers graduating today are a credit to their hard work, dedication and exemplarily professionalism.
“Our new police officers have been set very high standards to maintain. There are exceptional challenges ahead for them, but I have no doubt that with support from their colleagues and the community they will meet those challenges and deliver personal, protective and professional policing to everyone in Northern Ireland,” Chief Constable Baggott said.
In addition to being guest of honour, President McAleese will accompany Chief Constable Baggott as Inspecting Officer and will also present the Baton of Honour during the graduation ceremony.